Analysis of a Measurement of 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Sections

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Hartshaw, Garrett
Love, Ian
Yuly, Mark
Padalino, Stephen
Russ, Megan
Bienstock, Mollie
Simone, Angela
Ellison, Drew
Desmitt, Holly
Massey, Thomas
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In inertial confinement fusion (ICF), nuclear fusion reactions are initiated by bombarding a small fuel pellet with high power lasers. One ICF diagnostic tool involves placing graphite discs within the reaction chamber to determine the number of high-energy neutrons. This diagnostic requires accurate 12C(n,2n)11C cross sections, which have not been previously well measured. An experiment to measure this cross section was conducted at Ohio University, in which DT neutrons irradiated polyethylene and graphite targets. The neutron flux was determined by counting recoil protons from the polyethylene in a silicon dE-E detector telescope. Preliminary cross sections were calculated using the incident neutron flux and the number of 11C nuclei in the graphite and polyethylene targets determined by counting, in a separate counting station, the gamma rays resulting from the positron decay of 11C. This poster will present the data analysis techniques used to determine theses cross sections and the calculation of the corrections needed to account for the detector and target geometry. Funded in part by a LLE contract through the DOE.
55th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Denver, Colorado, November 11-15, 2013; Omega Laser Facility Users Group Workshop, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester, NY, April 23-25, 2014.
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